Friday, December 15, 2017

Cindy's birthday card

Hi

It was Cindy's birthday yesterday so I made her a card.

The hearts were made with Texture Paste through a stencil but before I lifted the stencil off I sprayed it with a 3 Glimmermist sprays. The Glimmermist got under the stencil and I was not happy with it so I cut all of the hearts. I stuck the hearts to a panel, that was slightly smaller than my card base, that had been embossed with a text embossing folder.

I then cut a panel to go down the side of the card and wrapped a ribbon around it, tying it off with a knot. I am hopeless at tying bows so will generally use a knot if I can get away with it.

This panel and the sentiment, which was stamped and then heat embossed, are attached using foam tape.


I have got a few more things to share with you over the next few days so hope to see you back here soon

Till next time
Thanks for dropping by
Hugs
Julie

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Layout - Girls

Hello Paper Crafters

I am sharing a layout I did ages ago. I submitted it to Scrapbooking Memories magazine for consideration for publishing but have not heard back from them.

I am not sure what is happening there because I have a subscription to the magazine and have not had one for some time. I checked their Facebook page and there does not seem to be any action there and people are asking what is happening and getting no reply. Unfortunately I think they may not be around any more which is a shame to see another scrapbooking magazine disappear. (Not to mention my subscription)

I have used an American Crafts paper pad called Yes Please for all the patterned paper on this layout.
All of the patterned paper is matted on black cardstock.

I have used Texture Paste through TCW Mini Cubist stencil on the background then applied some Pumpkin Spice Glimmermist and water and let it run down the page.

I have machine stitch the White cardstock background onto a sheet of black cardstock.

The heart was cut with a "no name" die I bought off the internet.

I like the brightness of this layout and must admit that I am in love with this paper range. It is an old range but I have got a lot of the pad left yet.....


Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Cards Round 2

Hi friends

I have been busy making a few more Christmas cards. I think this is going to be all the cards I make for this year. Next year I might get a bit more organised and make some Christmas cards in September and then teach them in one of my classes so my students get to make some too.

They are all very simple and apart from the Christmas tree one are not very bulky so can be posted for the flat fee.

I generally use 12" x 12" cardstock and cut my own card bases. I find that they are straighter and line up nicely when they are closed. It also makes it easier to match the cardstock if you want to matt anything on your cards.


I saw this technique on a Jennifer McGuire youtube clip and thought I would give it a go.
You need a symmetric shape for this technique, mine was not quite symmetric but I got away with it. I used a cut file on my Scan N Cut to cut 6 trees but you could die cut the shape you want to use. Fold each one in half then stick them back to back to create the fan effect. I have then glued tiny glitter stars onto the tree before I attached it to the card panel. Add the star brad at the top of the tree and the greeting at the bottom of the panel then attach that with foam tape to the card base.


For this card I Have used a metallic black card base. I embossed a white cardstock panel cut to 1/4" smaller than the card. Cut 3 assorted sized fish-tail pennants and mat them on to the same cardstock that the card base is made from. Attach these to the panel. Mount a greeting onto the same cardstock and attach it to the card using foam tape

The middle panel looks crooked so I am going to have to go back and straighten that up. It is all I see when I look at this picture.


This card is the simplest of them all. Cut a few steps of patterned paper about 1/2" wide and in decreasing lengths and create a tree shape on an embossed panel. Attach your star at the top of the tree then attach the panel to the card base using foam tape.


I have embossed the actual card base on this card instead of using a panel. Three pieces of patterned paper have been matted on white cardstock and attached to the card base and then I have double matted the greeting and attached it with foam tape.


The card panel on this card is a pearlised cardstock. I have cut the baubles out using gold patterned paper and Memory Box's Snowflake ornament die. I have used glue to attach the ribbon and the baubles. The greeting is a stamp from Sullivan's Paper Xtra and is not very good quality. I have heat embossed it with gold embossing powder then mounted it on some gold cardstock and attached it to the card with foam tape. Love these baubles they are so delicate.


My Scan N Cut was used to cut these baubles. The top layer was cut from red cardstock and the bottom layer and tie piece from gold.
I have used a white cardstock panel which has been embossed, then a strip of patterned paper to set the baubles on. Some red ribbon threaded through the baubles and the tied in a knot add a bit more colour.
The greeting has been matted in the same cardstock that the card base is made from.


A dark green card base hold a piece of white cardstock that has been embossed on the top area and punched along the bottom edge. A piece of corrugated card with a ribbon tied around it has then been attached between the two. The bauble is the same as the ones I used on a previous card. (See it here)
A greeting finishes this card off.


Another quite long post so if you have made it this far Thank you for staying with it.

Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Cards

I have been busy making a few Christmas cards because it is that time of the year and I am not really prepared. I always seem to leave Christmas cards to the last minute.

I have got so much Christmas "stuff" that I decided to use only what I have got and not go out and buy the latest collections.

These are the 7 I have made so far. They are all pretty simple.



This one is the simplest of them all. I have made a panel using some Kaisercraft Rub-Ons from the Christmas Carnival collection from a few years ago. The  Ho Ho Ho is cut from gold cardstock using Sizzlits Cherish Alphabet dies. I have then mounted the panel on some cardboard and attached it to a white card base.


I have cut the owl bauble out of some Kaisercraft paper using my Scan N Cut and a free cut file from Brother. A piece of thin red ribbon has been threaded through the hole of the bauble and then the bauble and the ribbon have been attached to a white cardstock panel.  The greeting was cut from a sheet of Creative Imaginations patterned paper and mounted on a piece of red cardstock that is the same as the card base. This was then foam mounted and attached to the panel. The panel has then been attached to a piece of cardboard and attached to a red card base.


I embossed this Christmas tree onto some white cardstock (I don't know the brand of the embossing folder) added a star brad and some red ribbon. This was attached to a piece of patterned paper with foam mounting tape and the the patterned paper was attached to the red card base.



To make the baubles for this card i stamped the music notes onto a piece of white cardstock then covered the cardstock with Matt Gell Medium and sprinkled glitter all over it and set it aside to dry.
When it was dry I used my circle dies to cut two different sized circles from the treated cardstock. I then cut some slightly larger circle out of gold cardstock to matt the circles and made a little "thing" on the top to look like the bit that holds the ribbon.

I took a piece of white cardstock 1/2" smaller than my card base and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. This was also matted with gold cardstock.

The greeting was printed from my computer and mounted on gold cardstock.

To assemble the card I attached the gold ribbon to the embossed panel, foam mounted the baubles  and the greeting. Then I attached the white panel to the gold panel and then attached the whole thing to the white card base.


For this card I have embossed a white panel with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. We live in Australia and never have snow at Christmas so I very really use snow related embellishments on my Christmas cards but I had the folder so I thought I would use it.

I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the panel a couple of time and then used foam tape to attached a couple of Christmas Trees that I had cut from a sheet of patterned paper that I have had for ages and can't remember the manufacturer.


Once again a white cardstock panel was embossed. This time I used Papermania's Baubles embossing folder.  A greeting that I had printed was attached to a red matt and attached using foam tape. The panel was attached to a piece of cardboard and then attached to the red card base.


For the last card today I cut panel of red cardstock and embossed at the top and bottom using two different folders from the Papermania Christmas Borders embossing set. I then cut out and embossed the parcel using Cuttlebug's Beautifully boxed set of embossing folders and die. I cut this twice, once in patterned paper and once in gold cardstock so I could make the bow a different colour. The greeting is once again something I printed out and attached to a piece of gold cardstock.

Both the greeting and the parcel were foam mounted on the red panel, which was then attached to the white card base.



Well that is a very long post.
Thank you for getting all the way through it.

Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Friday, November 17, 2017

Addie and Arthur Virgo Layout

Hi everyone

Sharing a DT project that I made for a challenge over at Creative Inspiration here

The challenge is to create a layout using at least 5 layers. This is what I created


The photo is of my paternal grand parents at their son's wedding in 1953. Just love the photo.

Layers are one of the easy, go to techniques I use very often. They look great weather it is a vintage layout or a modern layout and just add so much interest.

I have use some Texture Paste that I coloured with acrylic paint through a stencil on the background. The paper range is Ooh La La by Kaisercraft. I have added lace and medical gauze that I coloured with Glimmermist. The flower is hand made using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.

Why not pop over to Creative Inspiration and check it out.

Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Monday, November 13, 2017

Art Journal Page Step by Step for Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hi there

Today I am sharing a "How to" over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking.

You can check it out here.

This is the page


I really had fun making this.

I find that my interest in Art Journalling is growing and I just love the variety of techniques that are waiting to be tried.

I am using a Finnabair Art Journal that I have had for a few years. I have taken the journal apart so it is easier to work on each page and when I have completed all the pages I will re-assemble it.
The pages in it are a kraft colour so I have applied a light coat of Gesso to tone it down.


I then applied some Mont Marte Modelling Paste through TCW's Mini Cubist stencil


When everything was dry I used Distress Ink's and a blending tool to apply Dusty Concord and Broken China to the entire background.


Extra texture for the background was achieved by stamping with Archival Ink and Carabelle Studio's art stamp XXL "Texture Chevron et Quadrillage"


I then watered down some white acrylic paint and added some splatters all over the page.


It is a bit hard to see in this photo but they are there


To create the flowers I took some book paper and coloured them with an assortment of Twinkling H2O's. I used at least 2 shades of each colour and some gold on each of the sheets.


I cut circles in varying sized from the book paper and stuck them to my page using Gel Medium but they faded too much into the background for my liking so I cut more circles from the book paper and corresponding circles from white cardstock to put behind the book paper to make it stand out from the background more.


I attached these with the same Gel Medium. They definitely stood out more but were not really as dark as I would probably have liked.


Outlining the focal points was next. For this I actually used a normal biro. I have done this before and found that it is not waterproof so if you are going to do this be aware of that. This made everything stand out much better.


Now the fun part. Lots of doodling and decorating on the flowers. The white detailing on the flowers is done with a very thick acrylic  (Duncan Scribbles) that I have had in my stash for about 10 years. It is very similar to the Viva Pearl Pen


When I was happy with that I used my Faber Castell Big Brush markers and some water colour paints to add some shading around the flowers and leaves. I used some Gellato's to add a blended border to the page

I added some scribbly details with a Sharpie to the outlines of the flowers and leaves just for a bit of whimsy


 Lastly I added the title with shading.


Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and I would love to see any pages that this tutorial may have inspired you to make.

Till next time
Hugs



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Design Team layout for Creative Inspirations monthly Sketch

Hi everyone

Thanks for popping by.

Today I am sharing my DT Layout for Creative Inspiration Pop over and check the sketch and the other DT layouts. Try the sketch and see what you can come up with.

My layout is about my grand-daughter having her hair straightened at the hairdressers. She has got beautiful curly hair but was delighted to have straight hair for a couple of days.


The pink background cardstock had the 3 heart shapes punched out of it when I bought it. I backed this area of the cardstock with bright pink cardstock to highlight the punched pattern. I have then added 2 different heart shaped stamps in pink and gold along with a doodled boarder.
The photo is matted on Kaisercraft Lavender Haze patterned paper, velum and mulberry paper. The flowers are made with the same paper and velum cut with a 6 petal flower die and sit on top of a Kaisercraft Floral Lace die cut. A tag cut with Kaisercraft Tag Shapes die holds the journalling that tells the story of the day.  I then splattered some glue onto the layout and attached the pink beads.

The title was cut with Kaisercraft Alphabet Upper Case dies and then coated with Glossy Accents.

This closeup shows the flower construction


This closeup shows the punched detail in the cardstock.


Till next time
Hug
Julie

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Off The Rails Scrapbooking November Reveal

Hi there

I am 5 days late with this post but I have been out of mobile reach attending my nephews wedding in Streaky Bay. It was great to catch up with so many family members.

I am sharing my layout for the November Mood Board over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking 

You should pop over and check out the work from all the Design Team.

Here is my layout


This is the mood board. I took the pinks, blues and feminine from this to incorporate into my layout 


Because I am still away from home I can not give you the details of the products used so if you see anything that you would like more detail on please leave a comment and I will answer you when I get home in a day or 2.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Art Journal Page using Metals

Hi there,

I have been wanting to use some metals on an Art Journalling Page for a while now so decided the time had come.

This is what happened


For the background I used Gesso, Texture Paste with a woodgrain stencil, Gyprock (Dry Wall) tape and acrylic paints.

I then stamped with StayzOn black ink and 2 of the stamps in the Stampendous Marks stamp set by Nathalie Kalbach


I then attached all of the metals using Heavy Gel Medium and gave them a coat of Gesso. In hind sight I should have applied the Gesso before I attached them to the page but what the heck.

When everything was dry I coloured the metals with Silks. I also rubbed some Viva Inks Gold here and there on the background and on the metals as I have been itching to use that for a while too.



I used some watercolours to shade a bit behind the metals and some Gelato's to add some darkness to the outside edge of the page to frame it. A Black Texta pen was used to colour the butterflies body and the gems were attached with a hot glue gun.

I was reasonably happy with the page as they are colours I do not usually use so I wanted to try to stretch myself there.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Love You Poppy Layout - Scraplift

Hi there.

Today I am over at Creative Inspiration Forum for the Thursday Scraplift.

Pop over and check it out here

This is my layout


The background is created using Twinkling H2O's. All of the die cut scalloped hearts have been embossed to add some texture. A bit of doodling and some splatters complete the background


 The title is heat embossed chipboard

The layout that this has been scrap lifted from was found on Pinterest
Little Nugget Creations: You / Bella Blvd Guest Designer

I did not curl my hearts up and I only used one photo but I just love this layout.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time
Hugs
Julie